Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period of time; a craze.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To be busy with trifles.
  • noun A trivial fancy adopted and pursued for a time with irrational zeal; a matter of no importance, or an important matter imperfectly understood, taken up, and urged with more zeal than sense; a whim; a crotchet; a temporary hobby.
  • noun A person of whims; one who is difficult to please.
  • noun A bundle of straw.
  • noun A colored ball.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A hobby ; freak; whim.
  • noun a practise followed enthusiastically by a number of people for a limited period of time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A phenomenon that becomes popular for a very short time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an interest followed with exaggerated zeal

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Possibly from fidfad, fussy person, fussy, from fiddle-faddle.]

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  • Originally fadaise

    March 7, 2007